stair runs fabricated from folded sheets of perforated steel filter light from a skylight above.

Sculptural Custom Stairwells

Architects, fabricators, and custom builders elevate stairs to a new level with these artfully envisioned and crafted examples.

Stairs traditionally have been a practical element in the home used for circulation. Imbuing the clients’ personality or program into this utilitarian space is part of what creating a truly custom home entails. This collection of stairwells showcases how architectural detailing can put the fun in functional.




Family Compound, Bristol, R.I.

A new kitchen provides pro-level functionality with high style--and a killer view.

Kitchen Details



Bathroom Details

  • A Treehouse Tub

    An outdoor soaking tub is tucked behind the branches of an old oak tree and enjoys views of San Francisco Bay.

  • Walk-In Shower Detail

    Building out a section of the back wall in a master bathroom shower and inserting glass shelves generates an oversized cubby and defines...

  • Trader Addition, Jackson, Wyo.

    The jury liked the play of light and shadow between this steel fence and rammed earth wall.


Ellis Residence, Bainbridge Island, Wash.

A linear master bath channels yin-yang views of skyline and garden.


Award Winning Details

Award Winning Details


A Classic Shingle Style House, Washington, D.C.

A retro tile detail lends authenticity to a new shingle style residence.



  • Rock Star

    The puzzle piece stonework of this fireplace was designed “to look like an object...

  • Arch Rival

    A two-story fireplace composed of native fieldstone draws family members to the great...

  • Quarry House

    The architect wanted to highlight not only the natural environs but the history of the...